Made in L.A. | Chicago Reader

Made in L.A.

Undocumented garment workers in Los Angeles made international news with their 2001 boycott against Korean fashion retailer Don Chang and his highly profitable chain Forever 21, which sells knockoffs of designer apparel. Seamstresses from Mexico and El Salvador, who were putting in 12-hour days for $200 a week, picketed malls and took their case to court over a period of three years, advised by a legal team of mostly Asian-American attorneys. In finding their voice, some workers also mustered up the courage to change their lives: one left her alcoholic husband and another became a globe-trotting labor activist. Almudena Carracedo directed this enlightening 2007 TV documentary.

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